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Started by TheVoiceOfReason on Mar 4, 2022 7:12:52 AM
World Book Day outrage as activists demand a BAN “to protect poorer families”

TV celebrity Kirstie Allsopp sparked fury today when she sensationally LASHED OUT at activists’ demands to BAN World Book Day. “ Wanting to ban World Book Day  because it supposedly highlights the poorer kids in the class is patronising, discriminatory bollocks. It may highlight the lazy, unimaginative, can’t put a date in the diary parents in the class, but don’t have kids if you can’t find fun in dressing up,” Allsopp fumed.

elderberry - 04 Mar 2022 08:00:25 (#1 of 56)

She doesn't seem to understand that the 'ban' is on dressing up not on books. Maybe she should work on developing her reading and comprehension skills.

TheExcession - 04 Mar 2022 10:03:23 (#2 of 56)

The Exlet's school seem to have knocked the dressing up part on the head. I'm quietly relieved

FrankieTeardrop - 04 Mar 2022 10:18:06 (#3 of 56)

I co-parent Teardroplet 50/50 with my ex- - I'm quietly relieved this day has fallen on a day where I'm not in charge of her

lammaMia - 04 Mar 2022 10:50:10 (#4 of 56)

These people should read more books and develop their imagination instead of just blaming the lazy parents. I reckon that some parents have reckoned that dressing up can be the first step of the slippery slope to get children into crossdressing and then gender-fluidity. It's part of the vast woke conspiracy FFS.

Arjuna - 04 Mar 2022 11:01:12 (#5 of 56)

Could it be parents are sick of dragging out the same old costumes?

Dubris - 04 Mar 2022 11:04:00 (#6 of 56)

I read plenty of books as a child but I'm not sure I'd have wanted to dress up as any of the characters in them. What would have been the point?

FrankieTeardrop - 04 Mar 2022 11:05:41 (#7 of 56)

It's fun!

FrankieTeardrop - 04 Mar 2022 11:06:28 (#8 of 56)

Plus it is very important parents are engaged in their children's education, through the medium of wondering where the hell they're going to get a costume from

mingmong - 04 Mar 2022 11:06:51 (#9 of 56)

The Minglet's schools have usually said you can dress up if you donate a pound to charity. Some kids love it, others don't. We used to ask the Minglet if wanted to do it, and he would invariably decline the offer.

Dayraven - 04 Mar 2022 11:07:28 (#10 of 56)

Some kids love it, others don't.

Some ask if they get a pound if they dress down enough?

FrankieTeardrop - 04 Mar 2022 11:07:30 (#11 of 56)

We used to ask the Minglet if wanted to do it, and he would invariably decline the offer.

How carefully did you word the offer?

mingmong - 04 Mar 2022 11:09:48 (#12 of 56)

"do you want to do this or not?" (said with minimal enthusiasm)

FrankieTeardrop - 04 Mar 2022 11:11:15 (#13 of 56)

"We could, I suppose, cobble something together for you, but it might not look very good and you could end up a laughing stock"

mingmong - 04 Mar 2022 11:18:25 (#14 of 56)


elderberry - 04 Mar 2022 11:20:37 (#15 of 56)

Allsopp seemed positively hostile to reading - I see she's dyslexic. I wonder was she never introduced to the joys of listening to books if for any reason you can't consume them off the page. Entering into someone else's experience, into a different place and time, exercises different bits of the imagination from the showing-off performance of dressing up.

Dayraven - 04 Mar 2022 11:22:45 (#16 of 56)

I wonder was she never introduced to the joys of listening to books if for any reason you can't consume them off the page.

She could try listening to audiobooks if she borrowed her kids' iPads -- oh, wait.

Dubris - 04 Mar 2022 11:26:41 (#17 of 56)

Semi-compulsory dressing up is not the same as reading or looking at a book. It's a fancy dress competition.

Good in its own way, but not the same.

FrankieTeardrop - 04 Mar 2022 11:27:51 (#18 of 56)

Not that good for kids with less well off/time poor/single parents

FrankieTeardrop - 04 Mar 2022 11:28:46 (#19 of 56)

I'm only a single parent 50% of the time, and even that is knackering and relentless, however much fun Teardroplet is - and she's more fun than Tom Fun and Derek

tasselhoff - 04 Mar 2022 11:32:18 (#20 of 56)

Doesn't the "getting all excited about dressing up" bit interfere with the "calming down enough to read something interesting" goal?

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